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Don’t you feel sorry for the media … here in NZL too.

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May 12, 2021 at 11:40 am

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It is now 11 days (seven working and four weekend) since I posted the letter from Paihia to Perpetual Guardian in Auckland and it has still not arrived. In the meantime a letter posted from the family farm in Kingsland, just outside Leominster in Herefordshire, UK, posted a day later, arrived yesterday. Sigh.

I am advised a letter posted in Paihia to an Auckland address around 1914 took approx 7 days to be be delivered.

Such is ‘progress’. New Zealand, the way you’ve got it.

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May 11, 2021 at 8:27 pm

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The post ….

This explains a lot of the disparities

The Ministry of Education has released the latest attendance data. This is the proportion of students who are absent more than 30% (so more than 11 weeks absent):

  • Asians 4.2%
  • Europeans 6.2%
  • Maori 16.2%
  • Pacific 16.5%

If kids are not in school then yes they will end up earning less income, being more likely to face the criminal justice system, having worse health outcomes etc. Kids absent more than 30% are not going to leave school with adequate literacy and numeracy.

And don’t try and blame it all on colonisation. That won’t explain the huge difference between Asian and Pacific attendance rates.

Setting up quangos and authorities will do stuff all in terms of closing the gaps. Following up on kids not in school, will.

The comment ….

The figures reflect the value placed on education by the different cultures/races. Asians value education highly and understand that what’s provided here (up until the past few years at least) is some of the best education in the world, period. Colonisation is completely irrelevant other than as the means by which such an education has been made available to those that otherwise wouldn’t have got a look in. So sad that apparently so many Māori and Pacific Islanders don’t seem to be able to grasp the opportunity that they are letting slip away.

In any case, the important question is, what’s the Ministry of Education doing about the problem? Never mind culture/race. Why aren’t they following-up on non attendees and sorting them out? No excuses. Just get on with it.


and just where are the parents in the equation?

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May 9, 2021 at 5:22 pm

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They’re counting the votes in the UK as I write this in elections to decide the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments; local government in England and the Hartlepool by-election … and there are surprises aplenty already.

In Hartlepool where Labour was defending a 3,500 majority, having held the seat since 1964, it appears that the Tories are in for a big win with Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary effectively conceding the seat … a seat that was widely viewed as a litmus test as to whether Sir Keir Starmer as the new Labour leader was cutting the mustard.

So if Boris is seen by some as a joke then perhaps the jokes on Sir Keir.

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May 7, 2021 at 3:48 pm


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I mean posted a letter in Paihia last Friday to be delivered to an Auckland address and still not delivered as of a few moments ago.

Sheesh … it’s only 190 km distant. Snail mail in word and deed.

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May 7, 2021 at 1:57 pm

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Those precious people who rush to condemn Judith Collin’s condemnation of the proposal to create a separate Maori Health Authority with veto powers over decisions made by NZ Health, the body charged with looking after the health of 83.5% of all other New Zealanders, as racist are demonstrating their intellectual dishonesty. This is a matter for serious debate … yes it involves race based policy … but no, opposing that policy is not racist per se. It is a legitimate response to a massive policy switch that seeks to shift the paradigm from need based to race based … and that is wrong and out-of-step with multi-cultural New Zealand.

And it needs to be seen against the Government commissioned and Te Puni Kokiri driven ‘He Puapua’ Report which calls, among other things, for a Maori Upper House able to veto decisions of Parliament and foreshadows separate Maori educational and justice systems.

While the Ardern Government has yet to respond to the Report you can fairly ask if the proposed changes to the health system are a tacit endorsement of that proposed in Te Puapua with more to come.

Judith Collins should be applauded for speaking out on this … a hitherto secret agenda exposed and, like the Emperor without any clothes, not a pretty sight. Gonna be interesting to see how this plays out with the ‘Waitakere Man’ so called.

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May 4, 2021 at 12:45 pm


The revelation by Judith Collins that the Government’s Cabinet Paper on the restructuring of the health service has it that the proposed Maori Health Authority will have veto power over decisions made by Health New Zealand is disturbing news indeed. Begs the question … what does the government hope to achieve by separating our healthcare along racial lines and then placing the power of veto in the hands of one race-based institution?

Gives rise to a second question … is this what we might expect down the track with the education and justice sectors?

The smiling face of the countries virtue signaler-in-chief belies the simple truth that Labour (and the Greens), enjoying as they do a super majority in Parliament, are running a hitherto secret agenda that bodes ill for the countries future and there’s very little ‘we’ can do about it in the short term at least.

New Zealand the way you’ve got it.

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April 29, 2021 at 11:02 am


I see on the thread discussing the news that the recall petition against California’s Democrat Governor had reached the trigger point required to force the issue that there was a poll in California where respondents were asked whether they thought illegal immigration was a serious and concerning issue …

28% said it was while 72% said ‘No es un problema’. Very droll.

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April 27, 2021 at 2:24 pm

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some among us still downplay Covid-19/20 as nothing more than a bad case of the flu.

Could I suggest that telling that to the people of India, Brazil, Canada, Germany et al and you might need PPE to guard yourselves against being tarred and feathered.

Some muvvers do have em.

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April 24, 2021 at 9:25 pm

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The announcement by Finance Minister Robinson that the government is to legislate for a deposit guarantee scheme whereby individual deposits up to $100,000 in a range of financial entities including banks and finance companies will be indemnified against the institutions failure is an ‘interesting’ one indeed. It is proposed the scheme will be funded from a levy on deposits in much the same way as the EQC operates.

Begs the obvious question … why would anyone deposit money with a trading bank where today the best rate on offer is around 1% when they could just as easily put their money with a finance company at 3.5%. Seems to me the move will see depositors flock to the latter simply because the greater risk associated with finance companies has been edited out of the equation.

I mean … why wouldn’t you.

Socialising losses …. hmmmmmmm.

Written by The Veteran

April 23, 2021 at 11:39 am